Thursday, May 21, 2015

Field Trip: Hawaii Nature Center

 After recovering from her weeklong illness and missing her assigned field trip day Cora was so excited to be invited to attend the Hawaii Nature Center overnighter with a different 6th grade class. We outfitted her with everything on the packing list plus a little used point and click we picked up for $35.  Here's what she brought back: A special report from Cora.

Taking pictures of Annie taking pictures. Waiting around for the bus.

Karsen loves having pictures taken of her. What a cheese!

The real Annie shows her face.  One of my besties.

Attempting pictures of other friends didn't work out too well.

Me, Cora!

Friend Selfie! Maren, Annie and I on the bus.


More Karsen

The students on the bus go up and down . . .

Silly selfie

First view of the forest in Manoa

Beginning to feel on top of the world.

Eve. So excited we are finally here at the Hawaii Nature Center!

Camp Leader: Ms Kristen.

First activity: Geography of the Ring of Fire

Talking about the Pacific plate. Learned about how it moves so much and causes eruptions and earthquakes along the Pacific Coast of the United States, around in a circle to Japan and up to Alaska.

Taking pictures of the scenery. Love those wispy clouds.

And mom will love this picture of  this cute little 6th grader.

Nature scenes. The tree on the left is a Kukui tree.

Beautiful sky

Having a lesson on how the Hawaiian Islands were formed.

Learning about Hawaii's hot spot. Everytime the plate shifts a new island is formed from under the sea. The big island is the youngest island but there is another one beginning to form under the surface of the water.

Now we learn how Oahu was formed by two major volcanoes. 

We use this stuff to build a diorama of Oahu. First we make the shape.

Now we add our trees.

Ahhhhh! The cows are taking over the island!! Help!!

Went on a hike and really went on top of the world. So cool to look out from the tops of the mountains and forest over the city below.

Looking across to Diamond Head crater

Honolulu Harbor and Sand Island

Looking towards Punchbowl

More trees

Making another diorama. This time we are learning about how water filters through the trees, vegetation and ground.

Mr. Charles shows us how the ground holds together with the roots of trees.

A pretty flower with berries. Don't know what it is called and neither does Mr. Charles.  Need to look it up.

Time to relax

We smeared ourselves with charcoal.  Why?

The lone tree

beautiful orange flowers

Dragon fruit taking over the trees

dragon fruit up close.  No fruit on right now though.


Getting ready for lunch and the ranger hike.

Selfie with John

Ms. Kristen was a really awesome counselor. She was nice and she taught us about Hawaiian history and answered lots of questions. 

Cook pines

Back at the nature center the boys set up their tents.  They slept outside and the girls slept inside.

Nature picture

Time for a campfire

We roasted marshmallows and told stories and jokes.  One boy caught his marshmallow on fire and when he tried to get it out it flung across the campfire at me.  I went to pick it up and got burned.

Time for bed---or is it?!

Lights out but we tried to pull an all-nighter anyways. Lots of talking. A lot of girls didn't make it past midnight. Annie and Maren and I made it until about 1 am.

Meet Rafael. He is a turtle. He lives outdoors in a kiddie pool.  He is about the size of a piece of copy paper.

Giant Elephant ears. At first I thought they were gigantic Taro plants.

What a jungle!

Mr. Howe is hiding in his cage.

Rafael's home.  Looks gross to me but he loves it. I hope.

Such a cute little bunny.  I bet mom would love Mr. Howe.

This way to the hiking trails

inside the classroom there is a real slide but we didn't get to go on it.

Some artifacts at the Nature Center. These are turtle shells

Here are some other stuffed animals

I liked this mural on the classroom wall.

Ms. Kristin makes some healthy snacks

and I eat them.

a Taro plant

ti leaves

a cool painting at the Nature center

Getting ready to go.

but first some flowers for my mom

Rainy on the ride home but looks amazing.
I really loved the trip and it was a one of a kind experience and I will never forget  this experience I LOVED IT!!!!!!

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